Christmas Present: President Trump gives most feds off on December 24

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President Donald Trump proclaimed the federal government will be closed on December 24 — giving federal employees — an early Christmas present.

The president issued an executive order — today announcing his decision.

Margaret Weichert, the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, said at the Presidential Rank Awards event — on Tuesday that President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the last president to grant the federal workforce off on December 24 when Christmas falls on a Wednesday.

“The heads of executive departments — and agencies may determine that certain offices and installations of their organizations or parts thereof, must remain open and that certain employees must report for duty on December 24, 2019, for causes of national security, defense, or other public need,” the order states.

This is the second year in a row  President Trump gave federal workers an extra day off before Christmas.

The Office of Personnel Management will issued new guidance  Wednesday on how agencies should deal with pay and benefits.

In 2014 — President Barack Obama signed an executive order giving feds the day off on Friday, December 26 (when Christmas Eve fell on a Wednesday).

And in 2012, he gave workers the day off on Monday, December 24.

President George W. Bush gave federal workers Monday, December 24 off.

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